I've never heard of anyone defending the viola who isn't himself a violist. I would know because I've played since grade school. And I mean actually played… through college, in conservatory, sat in with professional orchestras etc. I'm not even in the same universe as Sirota.. or even John Cage for that matter, but still kind of made me laugh. All orchestra jokes are basically about the violas sucking it somehow. You never cease to surprise me L'Inc.